Eight PH Coast Guard personnel convicted for killing Taiwanese fisherman

A Manila court has found eight Philippine Coast Guard personnel guilty of killing a Taiwanese fisherman in 2013, ABS-CBN News reported. 
Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 15 convicted the eight of homicide, and sentenced them to 8 years 1 day to 14 years 8 months, 1 day imprisonment, and P50,000 in civil indemnity and P50,000 in moral damages. 
The eight personnel are the following:
Coast Guard Cmdr Arnold dela Cruz
SN2 Nicky Aurelio
SN1 Edrando Aguila
SN1 Mhelvyn Bendo II
SN1 Andy Gibb Golfo
SN1 Sonny Masangkay
SN1 Henry Solomon
PO2 Richard Corpuz
The court found them to have shot dead Taiwanese Hong Shi Cheng in a sea chase off the coast of Batanes and Babuyan Islands in May 2013.
Investigation showed that the Taiwanese vessel was riddled with bullets which matched the firearms from the PH vessel.
The deadly incident has strained relations between Taiwan and the Philippines. The Philippine government had apologized and recommended the filing of charges against the accused.

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  1. Money speaks. Foreign and local political cash overwhelms partiotism, justice and decency. Truly sad. I still would like to know what the military investigators and justice have come up with. And, we the Filipino people deserve to know if the shooting, the hit to the fisherman and the death to the foreigner were all intended, meant and with criminal intention. A higher authority can get involve now to make further determination. Thank you. Here in Batanes we deserve better and improved protection against foreign poaching and encroachment.

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